The contemporary artist Susan White produces sculptures in bronze, stone, wood, and mixed media assemblage. Her skills in carving, combined with a profound knowledge of the human figure, give her sculpture a depth of expression.

Susan White's subject matter is drawn from many sources, including human rights, the status of women, literature, music, and natural forms. She transforms idioms into three dimensions. Her mixed media sculptures are assemblages of everyday objects and fabrics centered around hands carved in wood. Humor and imagination make her figurative sculptures distinctive.

"Referring to the balance between gender and races, the bold sculpture It Cuts Both Ways suggests that 'any potential movement of either pair of hands would activate both pairs equally'. To realize the piece, she replaced the handles of garden shears with hands carved from salvaged huon pine (which can take up to 3,000 years to grow!) and modified found clothing for the sleeves..."

Sarah Tanguy, Curator, Hechinger Collection, Washington DC (2002)

SCULPTURES

Theme: Allegory, Symbolic 1983–present
Allegory, Symbolic
27 Works to view
27 Works to view

Allegory, Symbolic: Symbolic visual interpretations of metaphors, idioms, sayings, literature, history, music, and natural ethereal phenomena. Post-modern paintings inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch, Rembrandt. Feminist perspective with an ironic twist. Mixed media sculpture assemblages that combine everyday materials with carved Huon pine - ‘Idioms in mixed mediums’.
  • Stretching the imagination (large outdoor version), 2016
    bronze
    179 x 57 x 55 cm
  • Energy spiral, 2009
    Gosford sandstone
    22 x 24.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Athletic spirit, 2008
    bronze on marble base
    31.5 x 30 x 14.5 cm
  • Stretching the imagination (version with life-size hands), 2005
    bronze
    20 x 20 x 64 cm
    The Buhl Collection, New York
  • Measure for measure, 2003
    carved salvaged Huon pine, vintage calipers, fabric, string, plumb-bob
    180 x 61 x 56 cm
  • Lost for words, 2003
    carved salvaged Huon pine, paint, fabric, The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, A Gumbaynggir Language Dictionary, map of Aboriginal Languages of Australia.
    94 x 85 x 38 cm
  • Reinventing the wheel, 2001
    carved salvaged Huon pine, dividers, fabric, vintage car wheel
    76 x 110 x 82 cm
  • Next-door neighbours, 2000
    carved salvaged Huon pine, cedar door, hardwood door, sleeves, walking stick, bag, bullet casings
    202 x 103 x 98 cm
  • Coming out of one's shell, 1999
    bronze
    17 x 14 x 13 cm
  • Soprano singing in a Bach Passion, 1998
    bronze on marble base
    60 x 19.5 x 15.5 cm
  • The dance of eternity - Torso-less performing a Möbius strip, 1998
    bronze on marble base
    38 x 23.5 x 14.5 cm
  • It cuts both ways, 1998
    carved salvaged Huon pine, fabric, shears, paint
    120 x 46 x 10 cm
    Hechinger Collection - International Arts & Artists, USA
  • Germination - Sheela seedpod (bronze), 1997
    bronze
    21 x 15 x 13 cm
  • To cut both ways (sculpture), 1996
    chrome-plated bronze and scissors
    6 x 37 x 15 cm
  • Dante's Angel at the Gates of Purgatory, with hinged wings and keys, 1996
    bronze, strap hinge, gold- and chrome-plated keys
    32.5 x 29.5 x 15 cm
  • The spirit of the willy-willy wind, 1995
    bronze on marble base
    67.5 x 20.5 x 36 cm
  • Stretching the imagination (small version), 1994
    bronze
    7 x 21 x 7 cm
  • Beauty and the Beast, 1993
    Mooney Mooney sandstone
    74 x 69 x 59 cm
  • Atlass (bronze), 1992
    bronze
    32 x 15 x 15 cm
    Newcastle Art Gallery, Australia
  • Show of hands, 1992
    Gosford sandstone
    29 x 29 x 25.5 cm
  • The shy egg, 1990
    bronze
    12 x 8 x 8 cm
  • Close-knit family, 1990
    bronze
    17 x 23 x 17 cm
  • Interstices, 1988
    Gosford sandstone
    36 x 27 x 24 cm
  • Yin and Yang, 1988
    Gosford sandstone
    25 x 25 x 21 cm
  • The long arm of the law, 1988
    carved wood, fabric and mixed media
    250 x 200 x 50 cm
  • Man in the moon: awake and asleep, 1986
    brush-box, black and white conté, mounted on steel pin with base
    55 x 59 x 10 cm (inc. base)
    (front view 'awake', back view 'asleep')
  • Companion for Brancusi's 'Young Man', 1986
    Queensland maple
    20 x 45 x 10 cm

SCULPTURES : Allegory, Symbolic 27 Works
SCULPTURES : Allegory, Symbolic 27 Works


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